Broward Schools & Property Tax Edition: Capitol to Courthouse Headliners–August 11
Aug 11, 2009
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From afar, Pembroke Pines’ charter schools look like a parent’s dream, with small classes, high marks and active family involvement.
Gov. Charlie Crist, hailed as a model of bipartisanship when he reached across the aisle to support President Obama’s economic stimulus plan, now faces criticism for failing to aggressively secure and spend Florida’s share of the federal bailout.
The growth state is officially shrinking.
Hit by a double-whammy of the housing crash and the recession, Florida has lost population for the first time since the demobilization of hundreds of thousands of soldiers after World War II.
Shortly after Gov. Charlie Crist warned about getting too optimistic about a slight uptick in state revenues, one of his top budget lieutenants was arguing that the financial outlook should be a great deal better than legislative experts were willing to predict.
Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla’s efforts have seen varying degrees of success
Collecting every dollar of property tax makes dollars and sense for many local governments.
Ding dong! The recession’s dead. Wake up, sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed. Wake up, the recession’s dead. It’s gone where the goblins go. Below – below – below.
Startling statistics can make us sit up and take notice, but sometimes there’s a lot less to them than meets the eye.
A lot of principals, under a new accountability program, can only hire teachers with a proven record of boosting student achievement, a school official says.
It’s not a good time to be a new teacher in Florida.
The value of adjustments to residences and businesses in the county last year is the highest the county has seen in recent years, according to officials, mainly because of the steep decline in property values.
Calling it a show of confidence in uneasy economic times, Broward School Board members said Tuesday they want to extend Superintendent Jim Notter’s contract another three years — defying a repeated call by the Broward Teachers Union that Notter be fired.
Duval County School Board member Stan Jordan announced Monday he will join a field of Republicans looking to fill the state Senate seat of late Jim King.
As states across the country grapple with the worst economy in decades, most have cut services, forced workers to take unpaid days off, shut offices several days a month and scrambled to find new sources of revenue.
The popular Bright Futures scholarship program is now worth less and carries more financial penalties than ever before, prompting significant concerns among Florida university officials about the impact to students — particularly those from lower-income families.
Leonard Britton, superintendent of Miami-Dade County schools through much of the turbulent ’80s, has died.
Leonard Britton, who, as superintendent of the Miami-Dade school district, was at the helm when riots forced the schools to close and the Mariel boatlifts brought thousands of children all at once to Miami’s shores, died Sunday in Los Angeles.
The Financial Services Commission, comprised of the governor and Cabinet members, today appointed J. Thomas Cardwell as the new Commissioner of the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.
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